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Former Senate President Nene Pimentel passes away

first_img Nene was born on Dec. 11, 1933 in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. He was elected as his province’s delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention under President Ferdinand Marcos until he became a fierce critic of the dictator.  Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. Nene served as senator from 1987 to 1992, and from 1998 to 2010. He was Senate President from 2000 to 2001. Among the bills he authored and sponsored were the creation of the Philippine Sports Commission, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Philippine National Police, the Local Government Code of 1991 and the Generic Drugs Act. MANILA – Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel has passed away Sunday morning after being confined at the intensive care unit (ICU) earlier last week. He was 85. The news of Pimentel’s passing was confirmed by his son Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Facebook. He then served as lawyer for the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, helping farmers and the urban poor allegedly oppressed by Marcos. “Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 a.m. today (Oct. 20, 2019). We thank all those who have been part of his life. We ask for prayers for the repose of Tatay Nene’s soul. Thank you to all,” Koko said.center_img Nene lost the vice-presidential race in 1992 as Senator Jovito Salonga’s running mate. He also lost in the the 1995 Senate race over which he filed a protest due to alleged vote-padding and shaving or “dagdag-bawas.” Nene was a senator for 17 years and has become a Senate President. He was the founder and chairman emeritus of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan.   Pimentel’s political career ended nine years ago, only after imperiously leading a chamber during the impeachment trial of his then good friend, President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Instead of retiring, Pimentel became one of the earliest proponents of Federalism in the country, devoting his remaining years conducting lecture circuits about the federal principle./PNlast_img read more

Lady Cards Get Wins Over Lady Yellowjackets

first_imgThe St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor Tuesday night away at Laurel. The team continued to share the ball well and play tough defense. The Cardinals were victorious with a score of 29 to 6.They improved their record to 5-4. Scoring for the Cardinals were Maria Voegle with 2, Lucy Abplanalp with 4, Kenzie Maple with 6 points and Veronica King with 17 points.The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are back in action again Thursday February 22, 2018 at home against Laurel.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Charlie Raab.St Louis 6th Grade Lady Cardinals traveled to Laurel on Tuesday evening and came away with their 8 win of the season, knocking off the Lady Yellowjackets by a final score of 39–12.All players contributed to the win pushing the current winning streak to 7 games and their season record to 8-1.The Lady Cardinals get a much needed break and are not in action again until next Thursday (2/22) where they will host the Laurel Lady Yellowjackets. Go Cardinals!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

How the Angels helped Tommy La Stella find his power

first_imgIn 2017, La Stella hit .288 with a .389 on-base percentage, which is not far from what he’s doing now. The difference is he’s playing more often, so he has the timing to be more aggressive with his swing. Instead of just poking the ball someplace, he’s driving it.“Just getting consistent at-bats has helped get my timing more consistent,” La Stella said.After four more hits Wednesday, he’s up to .301 with a .388 on-base percentage, comfortably settling in as the team’s leadoff hitter, at least against right-handed pitchers.He is thriving batting in front of Mike Trout, who is also chasing him in the home run column. Trout has nine.“I might as well enjoy it while it lasts,” La Stella said of his homer edge on Trout. “I’m sure it won’t last very long.” “We knew he gave good at-bats and falls under the category of professional hitter,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “But the power has been a pleasant surprise.”For the first 396 games of La Stella’s career, over five seasons with the Atlanta Braves and Cubs, La Stella hit 10 homers. His season-high was five, in 2017.La Stella, 30, blew past that in April. He’s already had three multi-homer games this season, two more than he had in his previous five years.“I don’t want to say (I’m surprised) because it makes it seem like I didn’t believe I could drive the ball,” La Stella said. “I’ve always driven the ball. Over the last few seasons, it’s been more of taking whatever I can get at the plate. When you go up infrequently, it’s not really an opportunity to be driving the ball.”In other words, when La Stella was spending most of his time on the bench, he didn’t have the chance to lock in his timing. Each at-bat was more about survival, as he tried to simply get a strike and spray the ball wherever he could. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img ANAHEIM — Scroll back through videos of Tommy La Stella’s at-bats over the past few years, and you’d be hard-pressed to find his true swing.With the Chicago Cubs, La Stella played sporadically, giving him plenty of time to try different things, and not much time to see if they worked.It took an entire spring and the first week of the regular season for La Stella and the Angels’ hitting coaches to discover – via tons of video – the Angels’ unlikely home run leader.In just more than a quarter of a season, La Stella has hit 11 homers, one more than his career total coming into this year. Simply having plate discipline and good enough hand-eye coordination to put the ball in play manifested itself in the career .345 on-base percentage that attracted General Manager Billy Eppler.Throughout spring training, La Stella and hitting coaches Jeremy Reed, Shawn Wooten and Paul Sorrento were sorting through different stances to unlock that hitter. Over the past couple of seasons, La Stella had changed his setup often. Sometimes he’s been more crouched. Sometimes he’s had his bat straight up and sometimes it was parallel to the ground. Sometimes he opened up his feet.Wooten sifted through it all.“One of the things we actually did was go back through all his videos from years past,” Reed said. “Wooten does an unbelievable job of finding that video, and we’ve gone back to his optimal position.”The optimal position, as it turns out, has La Stella standing taller, knees hardly bent at all, with his bat at about a 45-degree angle on his shoulder.“On video, it may not be as athletic of a position, but it’s comfortable for me, which allows my swing to work the way I want it to,” La Stella said.Big league hitting coaches will tell you that most of the job is just getting the hitters to start in a good position, allowing their natural athletic ability to take over once the ball is on its way.For La Stella, this upright position allows him to be loose and relaxed, so his hands can be free to get the barrel of the bat to the ball as efficiently as possible. Instead of jabbing at the baseball to punch it somewhere, he unleashes a smoother swing that powers the ball.“We really just got him in a repeatable position with his setup,” Reed said. “We did a couple of drills with him to get his barrel in a position and he just goes in there and repeats it. The success he’s having now is something he knows he’s capable of.”La Stella’s average exit velocity hasn’t changed much, but his launch angle has gone from 8.1 degrees last year to 15 degrees, which explains the balls going over the fence. La Stella insists a higher launch angle was not the goal. It is merely the side effect of locking in his setup in the optimal position. He actually had a similar launch angle from 2015 to 2017, between 13.3 and 15.7 degrees.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until Midnight Tonight for Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Worth, Winnebago and Kossuth counties.

first_img…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT FOR CERRO GORDO, HANCOCK, WORTH, WINNEBAGO AND KOSSUTH COUNTIES…* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.* WHERE…North Central Iowa.* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to midnight CST tonight.* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.last_img

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rued one costly mistake as Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Messi struck for the first time in nine games against Chelsea 15 minutes from the end, as Andres Iniesta punished the English champions once more when he intercepted Andreas Christensen’s slack pass across his own box to tee up the five-time World Player of the Year.Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after he had hit both posts in the first half. Chelsea must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight.“Against this opponent, this type of player like Messi, (Luis) Suarez, Iniesta, if you make a mistake you pay,” said Conte. “We failed to create clear-cut chances despite having domination of the game. In the end it came from an error from them and we took advantage,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.“It is a good score given we were behind and clearly there is everything left to decide in the second leg.”Conte sprang a surprise before kick-off by leaving out both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata with Eden Hazard instead operating in the middle of a front three.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img “There is a bit of disappointment. But at the same time this game must give us a lot of confidence to trust that in the second leg the qualification is open.”Nine years on from combining for a stoppage-time equaliser in a highly controversial semi-final at Stamford Bridge to send Barca to the final, Iniesta and Messi swapped roles as this time the Spaniard provided the pass and Messi the finish.last_img read more